US plans on how to distribute swine flu vaccine

The New York Times has a story on how government is planning to distribute vaccine for the Influenza AH1N1.

Buti pa sa Amerika, nagpa-plano na sila kung paano, kanino at kailan ibibigay ang vaccine laban sa swine flu, kahit wala pang dumarating. Sa atin, wala nang balita mula sa Department of Health (DOH) tungkol sa swine flu, maliban sa panaka-nakang pag-amin ng mga DOH officials na naka-base sa probinsya na sila din, mayroon nang swine flu.
Ang huli kong balita (mga dalawang linggo na ang nakalilipas), isasama na lang ang bilang ng mga nagkakasakit ng swine flu sa mga tinatamaan ng ordinary flu. Kung kailan dumarami ang nagkakasakit at namamatay sa swine flu, saka naging mas lalong mahirap kumuha ng datos ang taong bayan.

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Two more Ah1n1 related deaths reported

The health department has recorded two more deaths connected with Ah1n1.

Dr. Yolanda Oliveros said one was a 74 year old male and the other, a seven year old girl. The first one had underlying medical conditions; the girl had asthma. Continue reading

RP A(H1N1) fatality rate at 0.06%

Although the health department has listed more than 1,800 cases of Influenza A(H1N1), only one has died so far. The fatality rate for the Philippines stands at 0.06%, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a congressional hearing on A(H1N1) last Monday, July 5.
Still, World Health Organizations (WHO) statistics say there were young, healthy people WITH NO UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION who died of Influenza A(H1N1). It’s still not clear how and why, but the WHO said that in those cases, the progression of the disease was rapid and by the time they were brought for treatment they were already in a serious condition.
My notes on the congressional hearing last Monday. Continue reading

A(H1N1) cases double from last week: now at 1,709

The number of reported cases of A(H1N1) in the Philippines has doubled since last Saturday, and now stands at 1, 709. The good news is, only 224 are still under treatment; the rest have since recovered.

Many of the patients live in Metro Manila (1, 225). About half of the 1, 709 reported cases were males (894), and 831 (49%) were between 10-19 years old. Continue reading

RP’s A(H1N1) cases continue to go up; now number 861

Update 52

DUQUE: COUNTRY’S MILD A (H1N1) PATIENTS RESPONDING POSITIVELY TO TREATMENT

26 June 2009

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III today reported 134 more mild cases of A (H1N1), noting that all are responding positively to their treatments. These additional cases bring the total count of confirmed cases of the novel virus to 861. Continue reading

RP A(H1N1) cases jump to 604

DOH press release:

Update 50

DUQUE: 43 MORE A(H1N1) PATIENTS HAVE FULLY RECOVERED
24 June 2009

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III today reported that 43 more A(H1N1) confirmed (mild) cases have fully recovered, bringing the total of fully recovered patients to 464. This figure represents 77% of the total confirmed cases recorded since May 21.

Duque also said that there are 131 more confirmed cases, all mild in nature, reported today. These new additional cases bring the sum of confirmed A(H1N1) cases to 604. Continue reading

DOH admits “low level community outbreak” of A(H1N1) in Metro Manila

There is a “low level community outbreak” in some parts of Metro Manila, the health department said Tuesday, as it reported that there are now 473 cases of Influenza A(H1N1) in the country. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III however did not specify which areas in Metro Manila have a “low level community outbreak.”

The DOH had earlier said that Quezon City had the most number of cases in Metro Manila. Given the number of schools in Manila reporting cases of Influenza A(H1N1), however, those stats could well have changed.

There are probably cases of third generation transmission, the authorities said, adding that it would be hard to determine exactly which of the cases reported so far would be second or third generation.

They refused to say, however, that there is a community outbreak in the whole of Metro Manila, insisting that the numbers are low compared to the population and the number of schools in the metropolis.

Twenty-two schools have reported cases of Influenza A(H1N1), and the third generation transmission would probably be in some of those schools.

The rate of transmission, the health department said, is faster than health personnel can trace those who have been infected. Continue reading